‘Surface Tension’ Exhibit Opens in Valade Gallery

ADRIAN, MI. – A new exhibition is on display in the Valade Gallery in Shipman Library from January 10 – February 8, 2012.

‘Surface Tension’ features the work of Frank James Fisher and James Freeman. Their work in clay is a discussion of form and meticulous craftsmanship, as well as the creation of rich surfaces. Both artists are passionate writers, having been published in national ceramics publications.  Following their respective careers, each artist began working in clay building extensive resumes of exhibitions, presentations and workshops.

Frank James Fisher began as a graphic designer and currently applies works and letter forms to create a modern cuneiform applied to an ancient material- clay.

James Freeman also uses history as his muse. His “Industrial Ware” is informed by the development of technology, using clay to imitate imagined metal vessels that evolved from a need to make hardier forms originally copied from lowly utilitarian ceramic cooking ware used in daily subsistence.

Both artists will make presentations throughout the run of the exhibit. James Freeman will talk about the value of working in a series of related works on January 19, at 3:30 PM. Frank James Fisher will demonstrate his techniques on February 7, at 3:30 PM. Both will be held in the clay studio of Mahan (Room 202).  Fisher will also discuss his work during the exhibit at 6:30 PM on February 7 in Valade Gallery.

Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Thursday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. For more information, contact Pi Benio at pbenio@adrian.edu or 517 264 3901.

Industrialware Model VKF-8 Receptacle

Industrialware Model YA-6357 Ewer